Every resident of Godalming will, at one moment in time, have seen people from the Meath walking around Godalming smiling and enjoying themselves. If you've ever been to Changing Perceptions you'll have had an affordable cup of tea or coffee and by doing so helped support these vulnerable people. They're very much a part of local life and are always made to feel welcome. That is why it brings me great displeasure to hear that last night The Meath was broken into.
They vandalised and stole almost all their essential cars and minibuses leaving 84 extremely vulnerable residents stranded. In this time of self-isolation, this has really added insult to injury. Already with the struggle of postponed fundraisers and cooped up residents they must now deal with a serious burglary. They also still need to get to their vital hospital and other medical appointments. Something which will now be far more challenging.
The Meath is a wonderful home in Godalming, Surrey to 84 people who live with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities. Residents are supported to triumph over adversity with the specialised, individual care they receive in a warm and enabling environment. The programme of daily activities on offer truly enriches the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
It costs £6.4 m per annum to keep the Meath operational which equates to over £17k per day. The Meath receives funding of £5.5 m from care packages which cover the cost of housing, food and heating only. The charity work hard to fundraise the rest in order to sustain the best services possible for the people they support
Let's try and raise £10,000 to go some way to help this charity in their hour of need and show that love is stronger than evil. It is my hope that we can show the residents’ staff and volunteers at The Meath that people do care and that they do not face their difficult challenges alone.
Any support for The Meath during this time would make a big difference to them; major fundraising events have been put on hold during COVID19 and staff are having to divert valuable limited resources as a result of the mindless act of vandalism last night.
To find out more about The Meath go to their website: https://www.meath.org.uk/